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SIDNEY COLVIN (1845– )

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 748 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SIDNEY COLVIN (1845– ), English Iiterary and art critic, was born at Norwood, London, on the 18th of June 1845. A scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, he became a fellow of his college in 1868. In 1873 he was Slade professor of fine art, and was appointed in the next year to the directorship of the Fitzwilliam Museum. In i884 he removed to London on his appointment as keeper of prints and drawings in the British Museum. His chief publications are lives of Landor (1881) and Keats (1887), in the English Men of Letters series; the Edinburgh edition of R. L. Stevenson's works (1894–1897); editions of the letters of Keats (1887), and of the Vailima Letters (1899), which R. L. Stevenson chiefly addressed to him; A Florentine Picture-Chronicle (1898), and Early History of En-graving in England (1905). But in the field both of art and of literature, Mr Colvin's fine taste, wide knowledge and high ideals made his authority and influence extend far beyond his published work.
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